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Gardening on La Playa


New spot for the bench

How huge is my box of succulents?!?! I figured it was about time to post some pictures of back yard (we live on La Playa Street,  Outer Sunset, SF). Check out my post way back on April 1st, when I first planted the succulent box. There’s a picture of that bench when it was in the middle of the yard too. I figured it was time to put some pics of our garden up. We cram as much as possible in to our space. Maybe we need to join at 12 step program for plant addicts.

Garden goodness

Garden goodness

New middle section without the bench

The gophers have eaten the entire yard. These photographs strategically leave out the huge brown patches.  Luckily they’ve stayed away from the succulents, but they’ve hit a few other plants besides the grass. I wish I knew someone with a Rodenator (they’re $1600). Poison isn’t an option, and trapping them isn’t something I want to get in to.

Agave univitata

My sweet Agave (Agave univitata) score from the SF Succulent and Cacti Sale and Show raffle.

The dark side

This is the side of the garden I never took pictures of because it sucked.  This was the side completely covered by mattress vine (Muehlenbeckia axillaris) a little over a year ago.  It’s not perfect, but I’m starting to like it.  Next year I’ll support the lilies, so they don’t flop all over the place.

Even darker side

I’m really excited that the California native Dutchman’s pipe vine (Aristolochia californica) is looking happy. I think it needs more stuff to crawl on though. There’s the Fatsia before it got eaten! It never looked so hot.


  1. You guys. For real. It’s looking uh-mazing. It’s seriously the sweetest garden I’ve seen in a while. So much love and intention into each and every nook.

  2. Good god the growth in your succulent crate is amazing! Everything just looks fab, and don’t go joining any 12 step programs…your viewing public doesn’t want the madness to stop!

    • I can’t believe how fast the box plants have gotten either. We won’t stop bringing home plants we have no space for. The center of the yard garden will just have to expand. If only we actually owned our yard…

  3. Wow, has everything filled in. Love the blue mandraliscae with dark aeoniums, yum. Good news about the aristolochia. And nice raffle score from the SF Succ sale — looks a little like bovicornuta. I can’t remember if the euphorbia/gopher purge plant is any help in keeping the varmints out or is an old wives’ tale.

    • Thanks Denise! The senecio and aeoniums grow like weeds back there :) Hopefully the gophers will settle down soon. They ate all the grass last year around the same time. I’m thinking that there are a bunch of baby gophers back there going nuts. The good news is the grass will come back in November when it starts to rain again.

  4. Love it! we live in an apartment on coast of Italy in an apartment that has a huge balcony and a great view of the sea. We love collecting cactus and succulents but must admit we’d love a garden. Yours is about our style ;).

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  6. Your collection is perfectly ecclectic! I’d love to put my succulents in the ground, but I’d be devastated if they didn’t come back. I made a wall of of cinderblocks for mine to sit on, but that’s already full, so I might have to try it out. And yes, if there was a 12 step program, I would be there right beside you…according to my husband, I have a serious problem!
    Thanks for sharing your garden!

  7. WOW…what a yard!!!!!…yes I agree with above commenter that you better not go joining any 12 step program…this is too fun, for all parties involved!!! LOLOL!!! :) GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

  8. beautiful!

    found you through paradis express.

    I feel your gopher pain. Are succulents the answer?

    • So far, they have left the succulents along. Besides the lawn, I believe the gophers have attacked our Festuca ovina, Fatsia japonica, and one of our Euphorbias.
      Pour l’instant, ils ont quitté le succulents le long. En plus du gazon, je crois que les spermophiles ont attaqué notre Festuca ovina, le cognassier du Japon de Fatsia et un de nos Euphorbias.

  9. I see you have a wagon too. At least that is one thing that doesn’t get attacked by gophers and moles.
    Your succulents are gorgeous. Love them all!

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  11. Hey, guys … the yard looks fantastic, I love the density of the plantings and the mix of both succulents and other plantings. Your Agave univitata is very sweet… great score!

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  13. Gorgeous succulent garden! Love it.

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